The Red Sox Skiffle Group 


Freddie Garrity lead vocals, guitar
Paddy Doherty lead guitar
Pete Doherty double bass 
Douglas Eyre washboard
David Johnson banjo 
Derek Garrity drums? 

The Red Sox Skiffle Group (Freddie and the Red Sox), was formed in 1957 by Freddie Garrity (b. Frederick Garrity Jnr, Saturday, November 14, 1936, 123 Crescent Road, Crumpsell, Manchester, Lancashire, UK d. Friday, May 19, 2006, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales), with his younger brother Derek Garrity. This band included Freddie Garrity on lead vocals, guitar, Paddy Doherty on lead guitar (b. Patrick Doherty, Magherfelt, County Derry, Northern Ireland d. 1973), his brother Pete Doherty on double bass (born Peter Doherty, Magherfelt, County Derry, Northern Ireland d. 1990), Douglas Eyre on washboard (b. 1942), David Johnson on banjo (b. 1942) and Derek Garrity on tea-chest bass.  

Freddie Garrity, who was later the founder and lead vocalist of Freddie and the Dreamers, was the eldest son of Freddie Garrity Snr and Elsie Cynes and had a younger brother Derek Garrity. Freddie Garrity had been to Yew Tree Secondary School in Manchester and while at school played football. He had triels at Burnley Football Club and trained at Manchester City and Manchester United. After he left school at 15 in 1951, he worked as an engineer, shoe salesman, a brush salesman and then a milkman. 

He started in in the music business at 19 years-old in 1956, when he went into a talent contest at The Sale Locarno in Sale, Lancashire. He won the contest singing an Al Jolson song ''April Showers.'' The prize for winning was an electric razer. 

In 1957 Eyre and Johnson, who were residents at the same housing estate in Merseybank, West Didsbury in Manchester 20, would take a washboard and banjo round to Freddie Garrity's parents modest council house in Glynn Gardens, West Didsbury. The three guys went to see Lonnie Donegan at The Palace in Manchester.

When they came out of the concert Garrity said they would have a skiffle group and so they formed The Red Sox Skiffle Group (Freddie and the Red Sox). They would practice all day at Freddie Garrity's home, playing their favorite skiffle music in preparation for band competitions. In 1957 The Red Sox made their debut at The Legion Hall in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester 21. They won quite a few competitions, including in 1958 they were runners-up in The Northwest Skiffle Championships held at The Sale Locarno in Sale. After that the band became busy with subsequent bookings. 

Later in 1959 Garrity was in The John Norman Four, having joined this band as his fiancee (Valerie Owens?) had prevailed on him to leave The Red Sox Skiffle Group and join this less demanding band.

Then within weeks he joined The Kingfishers and sold his amplifier and guitar to Kingfisher's member Roy Crewsdon at his fiancée's request.

The bands line-up had Freddie Garrity on lead vocals, Derek Quinn on bass, Ernie Molloy on lead guitar (b. Ernest Molloy, Manchester, Lancashire, UK), Roy Crewdson on rhythm guitar, lead vocals  and Bernie Dwyer on drums. Shortly after Garrity joined Molloy left to be a milkman, Quinn became the lead guitarist, harmonica player and the band was joined by bassist, lead vocalist Pete Birrell. 

Some Red Sox Skiffle Group (Freddie and the Red Sox) concerts:

1957: The Legion Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester 21, Lancashire, their début gig   

John H. Warburg 

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Topic: The Red Sox Skiffle Group
John H. Warburg says...
Just added new info on this early Freddie Garrity group.
4th July 2015 12:06pm
Harry Spring says...
I was one of the original group, I played the spoons, washboard and string bass. This was at the Rivoli cinema and theatre c1956-57. Also no mention of Brian Rooks who was also part of the group.I have photos of the group taken at Oswald Road, ... Read More
16th April 2017 6:14am


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